3 Types of Moods That Can Cause Smoking Urges & Slips After You Quit

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Think back to when you were a smoker. What did you do when you were stressed out or frustrated? What did you do when you felt down or bored? What about when you were nervous? Chances are good that you probably smoked.

Most smokers learn to use cigarettes as a way to deal with the following:

  1. Negative moods
    Negative moods can cause urges to smoke. Among the most common moods are depression (feeling sad), anxiety (feeling tense or nervous), anger, and boredom.

  2. Stress
    You may have learned to deal with stress by smoking. So, when you have stress after you quit, you may want a cigarette.

  3. Positive moods and celebrations
    Good times can cause urges to smoke once you quit. One quarter (25 percent) of smokers who relapse told us that they started smoking again when they were feeling really happy or relaxed. Events like weddings and parties can be very risky because there may be other smokers around. Also, if you drink alcohol, you may feel so good that you don’t want to fight urges to smoke. 

Research indicates that stress and negative moods are two of the main reasons that people go back to smoking. So it’s important to learn how to deal with these feelings without smoking. If most other people can cope with stress and mood without cigarettes, you can too! Check out 10 Ways to Cope With Emotions Without Smoking for some ideas.

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